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Fort Worth Christian softball headed to state final; Carroll baseball advances

Southlake Carroll swept Byron Nelson 5-0 and 7-2 to win its 6A Region I quarterfinal series at Carroll High School, Friday May 18, 2018.
Southlake Carroll swept Byron Nelson 5-0 and 7-2 to win its 6A Region I quarterfinal series at Carroll High School, Friday May 18, 2018. bgosset@star-telegram.com

SOFTBALL

FW Christian 6, Bullard Brook Hill 2

Four runs in the first inning fueled the Cardinals in the TAPPS Division II state semifinals at Crosby High School.

The Cardinals (17-9) advance to their fifth state title game in six years at 11 a.m. Saturday vs. Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian, the two-time defending state champion.

Moriah Ortiz hit a lead-off double and scored on a two-out double from Missy Wise. Bayleigh Hall and Macy Waddell added RBI singles and Annika Heredia had an RBI double to right field.

Heredia's RBI single in the third gave the Cardinals a 5-2 lead. Waddell had an RBI single in the fifth.

Brook Hill loaded the bases in the top of the first, but Liv Shahan induced a grounder to shortstop Dara Brown for the third out.

Keller 5, Wylie 3

The Indians led 5-0 early on and then held off Wylie's rally to win a one-game series at Flower Mound. Keller (31-2-1) heads to the 6A Region I final, the program's fourth-straight regional final.

LSU commit Hayden Brown and Harding signee Hanna Jones had RBI singles in the first inning and Iowa State signee Kasey Simpson added a two-run double in the second.

Wylie (28-9) trimmed the deficit with runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Skyler Shaw, Isabella Dayton and Averie Gunther all drove in runs.

Keller's Dylann Kaderka (24-1) threw a complete game and struck out 10.

FW Arlington Heights 2, Canyon 1

Jourdan Jacobs hit the walk-off double and the Yellow Jackets took Game 1 of their 5A Region I semifinal series at Henrietta.

Game 2 is Noon Saturday.

Texas Woman's commit Jalee McDonald hit a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh. She allowed five hits and struck out six for Heights (34-2-1), which is in its first semifinal in program history.

The Yellow Jackets scored on an error in the first before Canyon (28-5) tied it in the fourth with a home run from Candain Callahan.

Brock 10, Alpine 0

Lubbock Christian signee Mattye Tyler homered and threw a two-hitter and the Eagles (30-5) won Game 1 of their 3A Region I semifinal series at Coahoma.

Game 2 is 1 p.m. Saturday at Stanton.

Jessica Leek recorded a two-run single in the third and scored on a two-run home run from Tyler.

Harding signee Bailey Wagner and Landry Felts had back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth, and Cameron commit Kacie Gilreath made it 8-0 with a two-run double.

Tyler ended the game with a two-run double to center in the fifth.

BASEBALL

Southlake Carroll 7, Byron Nelson 2

Cole Johnson and Nik Millsap hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning, and the Dragons went on to complete the sweep in their 6A Region I quarterfinal series at Carroll.

The Dragons (29-6) got off to a hot start with three runs in the first inning. Millsap knocked home a run with a double to left and Will Quillen belted a two-run triple to deep center field.

“We wanted to get the fight out of them early on,” coach Larry Vucan said. “It definitely helped us to go after them and not to sit back and wait.”

Adam Stephenson tripled in the second.

Nelson (16-20-1) scored on an RBI single from Javier Luna and solo home run by Hunter Roquemore.

Carroll pitcher Nicco Cole threw a complete game and struck out 10.

“I started slow – my fastball wasn’t there but my off-speed was,” he said. “Throughout the game I was able to get my fastball going.”

Keller Timber Creek 10, Odessa 4

The Falcons scored four times in the first inning on their way to tying their 6A Region I quarterfinal series.

Game 3 is 11 a.m. Saturday at McMurry University.

Brayden McAlister and Alex Serrell sparked Timber Creek (28-9) in the opening frame, and McAlister added an RBI single in the third to give the Falcons a 6-3 lead.

McAlister added his third RBI single in the sixth.

Cleburne 7, Crowley 2

The best team in Class 5A completed its sweep, advances to the Region II semifinals and won its 31st game in a row.

Landon Cody pitched a complete game and allowed no earned runs on three hits and struck out five.

The Yellow Jackets (34-1-2) led 1-0 in the second with an RBI single from Cason Gregory. Coy Sims reached on an error in the fourth for another run and Texas Tech commit Willie Rangel hit an RBI single in the seventh.

Matthew McCarty drove in both runs for Crowley (22-16).

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